This is a two year, term-limited position with full benefits that ends on June 30, 2021.
Reporting to the Director of Strategic Initiatives and working closely with the Associate Dean for Strategy and Academic Programs, the Associate Director will manage and implement a portfolio of pilot initiatives which will entail close collaboration with other parts of Harvard and, most importantly, with a broad range of local community-based organizations and public entities in the Boston-Cambridge, Massachusetts area. The initial two substantive focus areas are: 1) youth leadership and civic engagement; and 2) law, education, and justice.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Leads the planning, development, and implementation of new projects and initiatives, working closely with Radcliffe Practitioners-in-Residence, Harvard students, other Institute staff, Harvard faculty, and other stakeholders, including community organizations. Initiatives will generally—but not exclusively—fall within two focus areas:
Youth leadership and civic engagement, including programming that supports students at various levels (high school, undergraduate, and graduate) as they engage with scholarship and develop the critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills to tackle pressing societal issues
Law, education, and justice, including programming that directly addresses topics related to the broad social, educational, and family impacts of mass incarceration as well as questions of education access and school pushout;
Advises department and Institute leaders on opportunities for mutually-beneficial engagement with Harvard student and community-based organizations;
Participates in Institute-wide program planning, ensuring relevance to community concerns and helping the Institute reach new, more diverse audiences;
Manages staff involved in planning and implementation of pilots;
Coordinates the work of Practitioners-in-Residence in the substantive focus areas;
Designs data collection and analysis systems for record keeping, monitoring, assessment and evaluation;
Manages project timelines and keeps projects on schedule; maintains relevant project and Institute-wide databases, tracking documents, and spreadsheets; reports on projects and metrics as needed, orally and in writing;
Creates and maintains excellent working relationships with Institute leadership, Harvard faculty, students, and staff, as well as with other internal and external stakeholders;
Represents the Institute to internal and external audiences;
Embodies the ideals of working in a university by supporting a culture of learning and growth;
Seeks opportunities to continuously learn and build professional skills;
Supports a culture of inclusion and diversity;
Assumes other responsibilities as assigned.
May supervise assigned staff, students, and/or interns.
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Advanced degree (masters or higher) or equivalent combination of education and experience required; research experience preferred, particularly in applied social sciences or another relevant field;
Five years of progressively responsible experience in program management, preferably directly related to youth leadership and civic engagement and/or law, education, and justice. Outstanding organization and project management skills required;
Significant knowledge of relevant community organizations in the Boston-Cambridge area;
Established track record of developing productive and positive relationships with schools, nonprofits, and funders;
Demonstrated ability to initiate, develop, and maintain relationships with students, staff, faculty, and community groups;
Demonstrated ability to write quickly, clearly, accurately, and persuasively on a range of subjects;
Strong interest in the intellectual work of the Institute;
High level of discretion and good judgment, ability to take initiative, integrity, trustworthiness, respect and team collaboration are required.
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